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Stirling Group Trains Young Iraqi Firemen

August 2013 saw the start of a new recruitment drive in the south-eastern Wassit Province, when Health, Safety, Security and Environment service provider, Stirling Group, was contracted to recruit, train and run a dedicated Fire Service to the Gazprom-operated Badra oil field.

Over 400 local Iraqis between the age of 18 and 30 were chosen to take part in assessment centres in Al Kut in order to gain a place on the intensive fire-fighting training programme, beginning in Iraq and completing at the specialist, Fire Service College at Moreton-in-Marsh, UK.

The assessment centres tested applicants’ IQ, Arabic literacy and physical aptitude, with an accompanying interview with their future Fire-Fighting instructors. This recruitment process ensured that the recruits were committed to learning the essential skills required to become a qualified fire fighter.

The successful 69 trainees then began their basic fire and English language training in Iraq, whilst their UK visas were under process. The in-country training was conducted by their Fire Team leaders, who are a mixture of expatriate and bilingual professional fire fighters. This core team also accompany the trainees throughout their training in the UK and will be employed as management for the dedicated Fire Service to the Badra Field.

The group of instructors and trainees have formed a strong bond given the intensive nature of the training programme and the uniqueness of the opportunity. For many of the trainees their flight to the UK was their first journey out of Iraq and, indeed, on a plane, which made for an interesting flight from the Middle East to Great Britain in December.

The trainees were then chaperoned to the Fire Service College, which would be their home until March 2014. During this time, trainees receive a monthly salary upon successful completion of their training, which will increase when they become full-time fire-fighters on back in Iraq.

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Gazprom Connects Badra to Main Pipeline

Gazprom Neft has completed laying, testing and connecting a 165 km oil pipeline from the Badra field, which the Company operates in Iraq, to the Gharraf oilfield (Nasiriyah district, Iraq).

With infrastructure already in place at Gharraf, completion of the pipeline from Badra means that the field is now connected to the main Iraqi pipeline system.

The new infrastructure for transporting raw materials from Badra has the capacity to transport 204,000 barrels per day, around 10 million tonnes per year, and can now supply oil to the export terminal at the city of Basra.

The Badra-Gharraf pipeline has two underwater transits, including one crossing the river Tigris, and passes over dozens of canals and irrigation systems. For increased operating security, a system to detect leaks and shut off damaged sections and a power supply system running on solar cells will work along the entire length of the pipleline.

Automated systems ensure constant monitoring of the oil transit and real-time management of the pipeline from the Badra field. Gazprom Neft has successfully completed hydrodynamic testing of all sections of the pipeline and the system has been checked for robustness and integrity.

Gazprom Neft produced its first oil at Badra in December 2013 as part of operating tests on well BD4. Work is currently continuing at the site to develop the infrastructure necessary to launch production, which is scheduled for the first half of 2014.

The construction of a central gathering station (CGS) with a capacity of 170,000 barrels per day is under way. The first CGS line will be coming into operation imminently, with a capacity of 60,000 barrels per day. Work has also started on a complex gas treatment plant (UKPG) with the capacity to handle some 1.5 billion cubic metres per year.

(Source: Gazprom Neft)

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Gazprom Raises Cost Estimate For Iraq Field

Russia’s Gazprom Neft has increased its estimated costs for the Badra oil field to about US $3 billion, reports Bloomberg, citing a bond prospectus recently issued by its parent company.

The company had previously forecast costs at about $2 billion.

The field is being developed by Gazprom as lead partner (30% stake), along with Korea’s KOGAS (22.5%), Malaysia’s Petronas (15%), Turkey’s TPAO (7.5%), and Iraq (25%).

The group is planning to produce 170,000 bpd from the field by 2017, earning a fee of $5.50 a barrel over the 20-year span of the contract.

(Source: Bloomberg)

(Picture: Drilling at Badra — Gazprom)

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Bristol VMD Delivers Emergency Vehicles to Iraq

Abu Dhabi’s Bristol Vehicle Manufacturing Division (Bristol VMD) has announced it has rolled out seven new fire-fighting and emergency response vehicles as part of a multimillion-dollar contract with Russia’s Gazprom Neft.

ConstructionWeekOnline reports that the new fleet of vehicles – five oilfield fire-fighting vehicles, one rescuer and pollution-control vehicle, and a water and foam support trailer — will be deployed at the Badra oilfield project.

Bristol VMD is a subsidiary of Concorde Corodex Group (CCG), which is itself part of the MH Al Mana Group of companies. Despite the fact that the contract was only penned in December 2013, the manufacturer’s senior executives have revealed that all seven vehicles have already been delivered to the Badra oilfield.

(Source: ConstructionWeekOnline)

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Gazprom Neft Produces First Oil at Badra

By John Lee.

Gazprom Neft, operator of the Badra oilfield, has reported the successful completion of well-testing at its BD4 appraisal well at the end of December, 2013.

Potential production capacity was tested through the sequential testing of six drilled strata, followed by final testing of all pay horizons concurrently. A daily natural flow rate of 7,000 barrels of oil was recorded.

Testing continues at two other drilled wells within the same field. 2014 will also see work begin on the drilling of six production wells under the company’s contract with China’s ZPEC.

The infrastructure necessary to bring the field into commercial production in 2014 is also nearing completion. Work also continues on the construction of a 170,000 bpd central gathering facility: the first line of which, with a capacity of 60,000 bpd, will come on-stream in the near future. Preparations for the construction of a 1.5 million cubic meter annual capacity gas conversion plant are also underway and work to connect the field to Iraq’s main pipeline network is also nearing completion.

Vadim Yakovlev, First Deputy CEO of Gazprom Neft commented:

With well testing completed we are one step closer to beginning commercial production at the Badra field. Since beginning development — practically from scratch — just three years ago, a Gazprom Neft-led consortium has completed a major project in establishing all the facilities necessary for large-scale production at Badra, and this will begin as early as this year.

(Source: Gazprom Neft)

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Gazprom Delays Oilfield Launch

By John Lee.

Russia’s Gazprom Neft has postponed initial production at the Badra oilfield until next year, due to safety concerns and logistical problems.

Reuters reports that the company announced in a Eurobond prospectus that it had postponed the December launch due to “the failure on the part of certain contractors to fulfill their contractual obligations and certain issues related to the safety and security of employees and property.”

The company also cited delays by Iraqi authorities over tender approvals, holdups to customs clearance for import cargo and a shortage of local contractors.

(Source: Reuters)

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Chinese Firm Wins Badra Contract

By John Lee.

Russia’s Gazprom Neft has picked a contractor to drill six production wells in the Badra field in Iraq which it operates. China’s Zhongman Petroleum and Natural Gas Group Co., Ltd (ZPEC) has won the tender.

The contract includes engineering, procurement and drilling of wells. Two rigs will start drilling in March 2014.

Two wells are currently undergoing tests in Badra and a third will be launched in early 2014 under earlier signed contracts. The infrastructure required to make the field operational in early 2014 will include the Central Collection Point with a total capacity of 170,000 barrels a day.

The first 60,000 barrels a day unit is due to be launched within months. A pipeline to the Garraf field, shortly to be completed, will deliver oil to Iraq’s long-distance oil transportation system.

(Source: Gazprom Neft)

(Picture: Drilling at Badra oil field)

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Second Gazprom Award for Petrofac in Iraq

Petrofac has been awarded a second contract by Gazprom Neft Badra B.V. on the Badra Oil Field, situated 160km southeast of Baghdad City in the Republic of Iraq.

Worth US$95 million over three years, the contract was awarded to Petrofac’s Offshore Projects & Operations (OPO) business to provide maintenance engineering, maintenance execution and support services.

The win builds on a previous contract to carry out the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) work on the first phase of the field’s processing facilities. OPO will now provide maintenance services including the provision of a computerised maintenance information management system and related processes and procedures, maintenance execution and associated support services in relation to the processing facilities, equipment and associated infrastructure.

Bill Dunnett, Managing Director, Petrofac OPO said:

Iraq is a key geography for us and this award reflects our ability to provide quality maintenance and engineering services on technically and logistically challenging projects in the region. We’ve been working in Iraq since 2010 and have steadily grown our footprint in the country.

“Today we’re working on four major developments in Iraq and we opened our country headquarters in Rumaila, earlier this year. Following our work on the first phase of the project this award is also an excellent example of Petrofac’s ability to provide a lifecycle service to our customers and I’m delighted to be continuing our working relationship with Gazprom.

(Source: Petrofac)

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